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ERIC Number: EJ940579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0199-4786
Paid to Persuade: Careers in Sales
Torpey, Elka Maria
Occupational Outlook Quarterly, v55 n2 p24-33 Sum 2011
Workers who make a living in sales are paid to persuade others to buy goods and services. Just about anything, from apricots to zip-line tours, needs an intermediary to move from producer to buyer. That go-between person is the sales worker. Sales jobs are numerous. In May 2010, there were over 13 million wage and salary sales workers in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Not all sales occupations are high paying. But for some of these workers, sales is a lucrative, lifelong career. This article describes seven sales occupations with annual wages that were higher than May 2010 national median of $33,840. It discusses the pros and cons of sales work and the skills needed for success in it. It also provides advice on how to begin a sales career. (Contains 2 tables.)
Bureau of Labor Statistics. Division of Information and Marketing Services, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE Room 2850, Washington, DC 20212. Tel: 202-691-5200; Fax: 202-691-6235; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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